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Scholarships awarded on Honors Night
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Students Luke Ellis, Addison Huthwaite, Meredith Malone and Madison Sheriff pose after receiving scholarships from the Etowah Water & Sewer Authority during Honors Night at the Performing Arts Center last week. - photo by Amy French

Dawson County High School seniors were recognized last Thursday night during the annual honors night at the Performing Arts Center on campus.

The program for the class of 2017 saw more than 50 students receive over $180,000 in scholarships from more than 25 organizations.

"I want to thank our parents for your hard work and dedication that led your child or your family member to this point," said Principal Richard Crumley before introducing Superintendent Damon Gibbs and several board of education members.

Representatives from the groups like the Republican and Democratic parties, Vietnam Veterans and Sawnee EMC took time to give descriptions of their goals for the winners and qualifications for the applicants before presenting the scholarships to the individuals during the May 11 event.

Some groups, like the Lion's Club and Rotary, presented several scholarships.

Also recognized during the ceremony were this year's STAR student Luke Ellis, students who had contributed community service hours, the superintendent's scholars, the outstanding senior girl and boy, perfect attendance award winners and the principal's award winner.

There were two seniors who had perfect attendance, Barry Thurmond who did not miss a day from kindergarten through 12th grade and Kent Ulrich did not miss a day from first through 12th grade.

"I think it shows an amazing work ethic and dedication and I'm sorry there's no money attached to this," said Graduation Coach Stefanie Gibbs.

Counselor Cherie Ferguson presented the awards for outstanding senior boy and girl who are voted on by the faculty and staff. Brandi Jo Hafermalz and Luke Martin won the awards.

Crumley gave the final award of the evening, which was the principal's award, to Austyn Locke.
The award is given to a senior who persevered through difficult circumstances to meet the requirements for graduation, according to Crumley.

This year's graduation will be at 8:30 a.m. on May 27 at Tiger Stadium at the high school.